Last week, I detailed seven occasions in the past few months at which President Barack Obama omitted the words "by their Creator" from direct quotes of the Declaration of Independence: "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Though you can read the actual quotes in detail in Part 1, let me briefly remind readers where and when they occurred:
--On Oct. 21 at a rally for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle.
--On Oct. 18 at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in Rockville, Md.
--On Oct. 17 at a reception for Gov. Ted Strickland in Chagrin Fall, Ohio.
--On Sept. 22 at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee/DSCC dinner in New York.
--On Sept. 15 at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala in Washington.
--On Sept. 11 at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va.
--On Sept. 10 at the president's news conference at the White House.
Those presidential omissions might seem justifiable to some, but it alarms me when omissions are exclusively divine and so easily exit and are excused by the United States' supreme leader.
Even at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and drafted, divine omissions seem to be in vogue.
Recently, my pastor and the chaplain of my organizations, Todd DuBord, was on a tour of Independence Hall with David Barton, Jim Garlow and dozens of others. The National Park Service guide leading their group blurted out five unbelievable lies and distortions about our Founders' religious beliefs and history, with school-age children present, as well, in the room:
--"We have no record that George Washington ever attended church."
--While the NPS guide, physically hunched over, mimicked and mocked one carrying and swinging an oversize Bible in his hand, he said to the crowd: "Even if I said the Founders were Christians, how could we really know? Just because people carry a big ol' Bible in their hand, they can still be atheists!"
--"Most of these men owned slaves. How could good Christians do that?"
--"We know that Benjamin Franklin was a deist."
--"We don't really know for sure about their religion. It's open for interpretation. You'll have to do your own study on that."